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By Giff Johnson

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Marianas Variety, Mar. 1) — A meeting of Hawaii officials early last month in Honolulu has resulted in a network to address illegal adoptions from the Marshall Islands and direct lines of communication with the CAA, according to Jenkins.

A state of Utah licensing agency in the past week communicated with the CAA about its intention of "curbing and eliminating any Utah connection with illegal Marshallese adoptions."

The Hawaii workshop was attended by the Hawaii Attorney General’s Office, and officials from health care agencies, the police, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Rep. Neil Abercrombie’s staff, family court judges, the Marshall Islands government, news media, lawyers involved in adoptions and others.

The Honolulu workshop brought out that the "adoption crisis is a shared problem," Jenkins said.

The meeting has allowed Internal Affairs to begin establishing more formal links with agencies in Hawaii to address the problems.

March 1, 2004

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